The Bedford Oak

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Over half-a-millennium old, this grand old oak measures 30 feet at its base. The branches fan out in a diameter of about 120 feet. In spring, the leaves knit together to form an emerald green canopy. The tree was believed to have been planted around 1500. To give you perspective, this tree was a sapling when a heliocentric universe was still in question. Da Vinci had painted his most famous lady, the "Mona Lisa." The beginnings of Luther's Protestant Reformation were in its infancy. And in the tree's hometown, Native Americans still populated the surrounding area; European settlers had not yet arrived and would not arrive for almost another 180 years. (submitted by Jacob Cecil - Photo by Ana Marie)